Location: Bell Gardens, California
Description: High Tech Metal Plating Facility
Enclosed in a hospital grade, sound attenuation enclosure is a refurbished G398, 350 kW Caterpillar. This system is classified as a cogeneration system because the waste heat from the block and exhaust are recovered to heat the facility's plating tanks as the natural gas powered generator set generates power for the plant. The waste heat is used to heat the facility's metal plating tanks. A top the enclosure, the remote load balance radiators and the catalytic converter are clearly visible. The radiators liquidate excess heat when there is no requirement for heating the plating tanks. On the left, within the fence, one can see the paralleling switch gear. This cogeneration system provides power and process heat to a high tech , precious metals platter of aircraft and electronic parts.
Inside the enclosure is a 500 horsepower , refurbished Caterpillar G398 engine. The drive shaft of the engine turns a 350 kW Kato Generator which generates the facility power at 480 Volts. The genset runs at 1200 rpm continuously. It is operated five days per week, twenty-four hours per day.